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Mar 15, 2011 4:00am EDT
on the northeast coast of japan. >> thanks very much. it's obviously a desperately worrying time for for them and out to them all. >>>. >> translator: we need now for everybody to move out of the 20 kilometer radius from the number one plant. and in areas from 20 to 30 kilometers from the power plant depending on what happens at the power plant. we would like to ask you to remain indoors at home or in your offices. >> words of warning from japan's prime minister after a fire broke out of the fukushima nuclear power plant. this is the area affected. it's now day four for an earthquake and tsunami rocked the country. >> from cnn london, i'm nina del santos. >> you're watching cnn's continuing coverage of the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in japan. and we begin with key new developments. the japanese government says there has been a surge in radiation levels outside japan's fukushima nuclear power plant. and as a precaution, officials are telling everyone within a 30-kilometer radius to remain indoors. japan's official death toll from friday's quake and tsunami stands at 2,500, with mo
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 7:00pm EDT
. welcome to our viewers around the world. has the cnn special report on the ongoing crisis in japan. i'm don lemon. >> hello. over the next hour, an indepth look at the unbelievable tragedy that unfolded in japan in recent weeks, from the first tremors to a crushing tsunami, to the brink of a nuclear meltdown. >> and also the latest fallout from japan's nuclear disabled plant, and radiation exposure to the public and food supply. >> but first we have a disturbing story developing out of libya. >> there's video of an hysterical woman bursting into a tripoli hotel filled with journalists. her name is iman and she is screaming a horrifying story accusing 15 members of the militia of raping and beating her over a two-day movement. >> they moved to shut her up. all the while dragging her away from uncertain fate. they smashed cameras, including ours, trying to destroy the evidence. we did get this video of it. let's get to nick robertson who is staying at that hotel for more. >> reporter: the lady came into the hotel this morning. she was screaming. she was a middle aged woman. she seemed f
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 11:00pm EST
. nuclear fears and confusion in japan. oo nuclear safety official tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way in a reactor at a nuclear plant rocked by the earthquake. japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that is not the case. another aftershock hitting hard in japan. our reporters on the scene describe the fear they felt when the 6.1 tremor struck. we're told more than 140 aftershocks jolted the island over the past 24 hours. and the search through the rubble is stretching into a third day. japan's prime minister says more than 3,000 people have been rescued but it's now feared the death toll from the monster quake and tsunami will climb to 1800 or higher. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in the situation room. i want to get to the breaking news that we're following, the fear that a meltdown at one of the nuclear reactors in japan may be under way. update our viewers on what we know right now. >> reporter: well, a nuclear expert earlier today called it a hail mary pass. the japanese were pumping sea wa
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
. myers. i promise you. stay with cnn for the latest on what's happening tonight in japan. coming up tonight at 10:00 eastern, i'll be watching, hope you will as well. anderson cooper hosting a special edition of "a c360" live from japan. now to my colleague wolf blitzer in paris traveling with secretary of state hillary clinton leading up to "the situation room." wolf? >>> prook, thanks very much. happening now, we're following breaking news. a new reactor breakdown adds to fears of a nuclear disaster in japan. u.n. experts insist there's no sign of a meltdown right now, but over the past few hours we've seen another explosion, a radiation spike and almost constant danger. it's 6:00 a.m. tuesday morning in japan, and rescuers are racing against time. we're with the crews searching for survivors and bodies. over three days after that monster quake and tsunami, and the other major story we're following right now. libyan rebels, they are retreating. they are being defeated in some key towns. we're keeping the spotlight on moammar gadhafi's brutal fight to hold on to power. i'm in pair
CNN
Mar 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
catastrophe in japan. i'm wolf blitzer. john vos is joining us over in the cnn center in atlanta. a lot of news to cover. let me give our viewers the highlights of what's going on right now. it's now just after 7:00 a.m. saturday in japan. survivors of the strongest earthquake recorded in that country's history are seeing the enormous destruction in the harsh light of day, and they are still being shaken to the core. two powerful new tremors measuring higher than a magnitude of 6 struck within the last hour alone, after the 8.9 monster quake hit japan friday afternoon unleashing a huge tsunami. japanese media reporting that the death toll could be higher than 1,000. hundreds of people may be missing. some may be trapped alive or buried in homes that were simply washed away. the tsunami sent water rushing sever six miles inland. one area of deep concern right now. japanese authorities are trying to cool down the temperature inside a nuclear power plant rattled by the quake. president obama says the united states is helping to monitor the plant for possible radiation leaks. he also sent h
CNN
Mar 17, 2011 4:00am EDT
edition of "world business today" as cnn continues its coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in japan. >>> sea walter being poured from helicopters on to japan's damaged nuclear reactors. that is the scene on thursday. engineers attempt once again to avert catastrophic radiation leaks. the japanese military is dropping tons of water on to two of the six reactors at the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant trying to cool the plant's fuel rods. but the company that runs the plant now reports that the radiation levels actually increased. they're also bringing in police, water cannon. officials say radiation levels right now are too high for personnel to venture inside. >> translator: spence force conducted a spring of water from the air. and the police are also going to start the water spraying by the water cannon trucks. so we're trying to combine the two approaches to maximize the effect of water spraying. >> hundreds of thousands of residents in the area have been evacuated. many are seeking refuge in public shelters. japan ordered people to move at least 20 kilometers away from the plant.
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 8:00am EST
the most powerful earthquake ever to rock japan. we're getting a better idea of the size and scope of the disaster. it is massive and heartbreaking. japan's prime minister putting the call out for help and the united states responding. we'll tell you how. >>> and this morning, a dangerous new threat, an explosion, and a leak from one of the damaged nuclear power plants. the world is watching, it's waiting, it's ready to help. >> from cnn center in atlanta, it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> and i'm andrew stephens in hong kong. we'd like to welcome viewers in the united states and around the world to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. >>> it is now 10:00 at night in japan. most rescue operations have stopped, but the concern over more aftershocks even more tsunamis remains. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and massive tsunami struck northeastern japan's coast. at least 900 people are dead, 600 more are missing, an undetermined number injured. early rescue efforts were difficult because of the aftershocks. plus there have been tsunami w
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 5:00am EDT
states to our special cover of the disaster in japan. there are new reports a third reactor in fukushima may be in trouble. authorities say the cooling system on daiichi's number two reactor has stopped working and pressure is building up. this follows a fresh blast in the area that houses reactor number three. six people were injured in that explosion. the likely cause was a hydrogen buildup. radiation contamination levels are being tested. they did rise after the incident but the chief cabinet secretary says he does not believe there is a leak. 2,000 bodies have been found in two locations in miyagi prefecture. 1,600 deaths are confirmed with 2,000 injured, at least 1700 people are missing. more on the compromised nuclear power plant in fukushima. the cooling system of reactor two stopped working today and pressure has been building up inside. this marks the third reactor in trouble there. matthew chance is in moscow to explain the differences. matthew, first of all, there have been concerns. people living in the area don't believe what they are being told by the safety agencies there
CNN
Mar 11, 2011 2:00am EST
a listen. >> live coverage in the area. north of japan. for those of you who just tuned into nhk world, a major hit about an hour ago. 1:10 ago. japan's meteorological agency says the quake measured magnitude 8.4. they have revised it upwards to 8.4. the agency has issued a tsunami warning for japan's coast. the tsunami waves of up to four meeters were observed soon after the quake. they are warning the tsunami could reach between six and ten meters. we're getting reports of several buildings on fire. we don't know the exact amount of damage but we are soon to get a report from the meteorological agency. they are setting up to find out the extent of the damage. all transportation systems in tokyo as well as northern japan has been stopped. airports closed in tokyo, a great earthquake has hit japan. magnitude 8.4 in northern japan. the agency has been warning the tsunami everness is the quake. and a tsunami has hit the miyagi area as our camera crew are up covering and showing you exactly what is going on. the deputy chief cabinet secretary told reporters on friday that the governor of
CNN
Mar 18, 2011 4:00am EDT
, this is "world business today." we're following two big stories for you this friday, march 18th. >>> in japan, urgent attempts to avert a nuclear crisis enter a second week at the fukushima daiichi plant. workers douse one of the rea reactors with a water cannon. >>> in libya, gunfire in benghazi. but this time in celebration. rebels are rejoicing. but fears of retaliation by moammar gadhafi's forces are pushing the price of oil higher of. >>> so let's go straight to one of our top stories. the u.n. security council has put moammar gadhafi on notice that it will no longer permit his military bombardment of rebel positions from the air. while the council approved a no-fly zone on thursday authorizing "all necessary measures to protect civilians," libyan's ambassador to the united nations warmly welcomed thursday's revolution. he sides with the opposition and has called on gadhafi to step down. >> i would like to start by thanking the members of the security council for the resolution today. it is a clear message -- it is a clear message to the libyan people that they are not alone, that the in
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 4:00am EDT
, this is the toughest and the most difficult crisis for japan. >>> japanese leaders try to move their people forward from one of the country's darkest hours, but there is still a very long way to go. tv is pointing another 6.0 magnitude. it's 5:00 p.m. right now. from cnn hong kong i'm andrew stevens. >> we welcome you to cnn special coverage in japan. >>> now, as the days pass in japan, the death toll continues to climb. friday's earthquake and tsunami have claimed 1,600 lives so far, 1,500 are still missing. those figures are expected to drive dramatically. pictures like this. the devastation of sendai serves as a reminder of the sheer force of the tsunami that inundated them. the situation is bleak for those who have survived as well as survivors are staying in makeshift shelters like this one at a school recovering from the trauma of the past four days and now waiting for news of loved ones. and on top of all that, this japan is racing against the clock to contain what could become a nuclear crisis. images like this have become all too familiar, the white smoke billowing over northeast japan aft
CNN
Mar 13, 2011 2:00pm EDT
assist in japan after the huge earthquake and tsunami. >>> also, conflicting reports on a possible nuclear meltdown there. what's actually happening? >>> all of this causing a sizeable economic impact in japan, the u.s. and beyond. you're in the cnn news room. i'm fredricka witfield. we'll get to all of those angles in japan and beyond. but first, a look at some other top stories. in the middle east, yemeni security forces fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people were hurt. protesters are angry over high unemployment and what they see as government corruption and a lack of political freedom. >>> two men with ties to egypt's former leader have been arrested for orchestrating this assault on protesters in cairo's tahrir square. armed attackers charged through the crowd on horses and camels last month. nine days later, hosni mubarak was overthrown. >>> and in the u.s., new york police and the ntsb are investigating a bus crash that killed 14 people. there are conflicting reports about what caused the bus to flip and swerve into a pole y
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 10:00am EST
and tsunami that rokd japan may be over, but the danger for the millions there remains. there have been hundreds of aftershocks and perhaps the biggest concern, damage to one of the country's nuclear reactors. good morning. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm becker anderson coming to you from london. it's saturday, march 12th. welcome to our special coverage of the quake and tsunami disaster. >> it is just after midnight in japan. it's sunday there now. the biggest concern this hour, an explosion at a nuclear power plant. aftershocks continue to hit japan. the latest within the last couple of hours. several countries coming to the aid of japan. a search and rescue team from los angeles among those emergency personnel headed to japan. there have been more than 180 aftershocks since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck japan's northeastern coast. at least 900 people are dead. in one town alone, 9500 people missing. that is more than half of that community's population. an undetermined number are injured. highways in that part of japan are damaged and utility s
CNN
Mar 16, 2011 4:00am EDT
in japan. and just moments ago, a somber message from japan's emperor in a rare but brief public address live on television. the emperor said he was praying for the safety of those affected by last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami. the japanese government is telling residents within a 10-kilometer radius of a second nuclear plant to evacuate. meanwhile workers have returned to the fukushima daiichi nuclear plant after the government lifted a plant evacuation order because radiation levels were dangerously high. concern continues to grow over the safety of spent nuclear fuel rods at that facility. and authorities are investigating the cause of white smoke or possibly steam rising from the plant's number three nuclear reactor. a top government official says radiation levels around the plant still fluctuate, but it's unclear why. >> translator: one thing i would like to confirm, now this increase in radiation reading and in number three reactor, the containment vessel is it possible that the containment vessel has failed? well, number three reactor needed to have water injected. an
CNN
Mar 13, 2011 6:00pm EDT
and let it play for you just as it was covered in the news in japan. take a look. >> that's how it all unfolded. right after the tsunami an earthquake hit. of course, after this, the initial shock. then came the damage. take a look at this new video coming in. craters in the streets all over japan, and that is just to start. and, again, all of these images are coming to us from japanese television. and as we go through this broadcast, we're just going to talk over the video and just let you look at it for yourself. look at this. that was probably a neighborhood once. now it's a field of destruction. these are the streets. police on the streets. cars trying to get through when they can. most of it, we're told, is just uninhabitable. look at that. people trying to figure out exactly what's going on. they're wearing masks. many people close to the source of that explosion at a nuclear plant have been wearing radiation suits. and a lot of this, again, coming to us from japanese television. it is incredible to see these images. >>> also happening as we speak, rescues from the rubble and the
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 4:00pm EST
the hard-hit area in northern japan. he just learned his mother is alive and so is his sister, who's still trapped at her workplace in sendai. >> how do you feel now? >> i'm just happy kind of. >> you feel relieved, i imagine. >> yeah, relieved. >> but it's bittersweet because he says so many others have lost so much. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. >>> top of the hour, a look at the top stories. help is coming from all directions to earthqua earthquake-devastated japan. these are search dog teams arriving from south korea. u.s. military ships are delivering food and relief supplies and a british rescue team is scheduled to arrive on sunday with heavy lifting equipment and 150 rescue experts and search dogs from virginia and california are on their way to japan to help right now. >>> a few people have tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something inside the plant exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >>> and hawaii is moving to get
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 7:30am EST
plants damaged by the massive quake in japan. to make a bad situation worse, an explosion at one of them today. we have the latest coming up. [ male announcer ] 95% of all americans aren't getting enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check. there's whole grain in every box. when you're a stunt woman, work can be pretty unpredictable. from knowing when my next job will be to what i'll actually be doing. so in the rest of my life i like control. especially in my finances. that's why i have slate with blueprint. i can make a plan to pay off everyday things and avoid interest, or pay down my balance faster on the big stuff. that saves money. with slate from chase, i have everything under control... ♪ ...financially. announcer: debit card control and credit card flexibility. get both with slate. >>> now, we are watching a serious situation going on right now with two japanese nuclear energy plants damaged by th
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00am EST
of japan and a terrible day for the world. if you want to help the people of japan in the wake of this disaster, text to red cross to 90999 and donate $10 to the american red cross. that will help those poor people >>> more than 24 hours after the worst earthquake in japan's history, the scope of the disaster is massive and hear breaking. the one-two punch of the tremors left buildings dune. the death toll is climbing t. rescuers are frustratingly slow. >> this morning, a dangerous new threat. an explosion and leak from a power plant. the world is watching, waiting and ready to help. >> it's march 12th, i'm randi kaye. >> i'm in hong kong. we would like to welcome viewers to our coverage of the disaster in japan. >> japan is struggling. there have been dozens of aftershocks after the 8.9 earthquake. at least 900 people are dead. at least 700 more missing. an undetermined numbers are injured. rescue efforts are going on. highways in the northeast are damaged and utility services are out. the devastation, unbelievable. a tsunami more than 23 feet high washed over japan. this is t
CNN
Mar 11, 2011 1:00am EST
and friends. >> as you mentioned, people in japan used to these earthquakes. i want to take this opportunity they have joined us along with our global audience as we take you through this breaking news. 7.9 earthquake in japan, we know at this point a tsunami warning has been issued covering japan and right across the region. very widespread warnings covering that area. we are keeping an eye on that. what that means at this point is that the tsunami could be heading in the next couple of hours. we are keeping a close eye on this. this is why we are staying close on this story. want to go back to her, telling us the situation. she is in the middle of this. if you can repeat for our audience were you were when this earthquake struck. >> reporter: i was in tokyo station underground the platform. tokyo station, if your reporter with this at all, it is a very large extensive train station. one of the busiest in tokyo, a city that has many busy stations, this is the busiest. we are here shooting a different story. we felt a very strong tremor caracol of the signs started to shake back and forth. t
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 3:00am EST
>> as fast as the water swept across japan it has now receded, leading behind a mess. stunning new video from the disaster in japan. hello and welcome to our viewers from the united states and around the world. you are watching world report here on cnn. japan has declared states of emergency at two nuclear power plants. the nuclear agency said a small amount of proactive cesium has escaped. this was probably caused by the melting of a fuel rod. they are continuing to fuel the fuel by pumping the water around the rods. radiation levels are more than eight times where the plants about 250 kilometers northeast of tokyo. the plants are having problems with their cooling systems after friday's monster quake unleashed a ten meter high tsunami thatter to through coastal towns and cities. an expert we talked with earlier says this is a very dangerous situation. >>> a new day in japan with new scenes of devastation. japanese news agency now reports 433 people are confirmed dead. almost 800 others are missing. rescuers are reaching for survivors. schools of buildings are collapsed or damaged
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 9:00am EDT
has been evacuated. japan says the amount of radiation leaked is small. the u.s. navy is repositions away from the plant after low levels of radiation found on crew members who took place in a relief mission. correspondents are in place all over the nation. you will hear from them throughout the day. >>> a new explosion at an already damaged nuclear plant has japan and the world on edge. this is from the fukushima daiichi plant. we understand the fuel rods were exposed at reactor number two. that is dangerous. it could mean big problems down the road. according to the "new york times" the "uss ronald reagan" sailed into a radioactive cloud and crew members were exposed to low level radiation and had to be treated. now the "uss ronald reagan" is moving out to sea. here is stan grant and what he had to say about the threat of a nuclear crisis. >> we have been focusing on the one and three reactor at the daiichi plant. the number two cooler was knocked out. that is dangerous territory if the water level drops too quickly. as they did with one and three, they pumped sea water into reacto
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 1:00pm EDT
out of japan. >>> it is 2:00 a.m. tuesday in japan where fears of a nuclear meltdown are only part of the national nightmare, and maybe not even the biggest part. twice now since friday's catastrophe earthquake and tsunami, explosions have rocked the nuclear plant 40 miles south of sendai. you can see the smoke in the distance. the latest happened just hours ago, injuring workers, knocking out the cooling system for another reactor that had been mostly unscathed. workers are scrambling and right now failing to keep the reactor cool from sea water. we'll get much more in a live report in just a moment. >>> elsewhere the focus is people, finding them, saving them, feeding them, reuniting them. it's being done with boats, helicopters and even bicycles. this man has been riding from one shelter to another in search of his wife. 2,000 japanese are unaccounted for. still survivors who have nothing else are refusing to let go of hope. >> translator: i'm looking for my daughter. our home is gone so she wouldn't know where to go. as other family members are safe, i only hope my daughter is
CNN
Mar 16, 2011 9:00am EDT
in japan's history an emperor gone on television to address a national crisis. the emperor akihito told the japanese people not to lose hope three reactors damaged at the plants. this is a view up above. that is reactor three on the left-hand side of your screen and reactor four in the middle. if you can determine that. radiation levels surged after that white cloud of smoke was seen coming from reactor three. the fear there is a crack in the steel and concrete shell that insulates radioactive material as cnn stan grant tells us, even nuclear experts are stumped by this white cloud. >> they are looking into exactly what has caused that and they are still working on whether this consumption vessel that surrounds the core of the nuclear reactor holding in the more nasty radioactive substances has, in fact, than breached. this is an ongoing concern. they have assumptions about what is happening but they can't get in and have a look at it. remember, as well, the work is from the plant today workers from the plant today were forced to evacuate themselves and after a fire in the reactor numbe
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 11:00am EDT
five minutes. >> live from studio seven, it's monday, march 14th midnight in japan. we want to get you up to speed on the tsunami that rocked japan. the official death toll is more than 1800, but thousands more are missing. that number will go up as those searching reach more hard hit areas. in the middle, amazing stories of survival. one man explains what kept him going. >> i thought i was dying when i was pushed in the water. for my folks and my family, i decided to make every effort is to survive. >> grim news from the east coast. crews found about 2,000 bodies in the region according to kyoto news agency. if confirmed this would be the largest discovery of bodies from the earthquake and tsunami. >> people in japan dealing with fears of a nuclear disaster. a second explosion can damage the power plant today. a cabinet secretary said 11 people were hurt, but no massive leakage was detected. still many were worried. >> i'm scared because i can see the radiation. >> tests found low levels of radioactive contamination on 17 crew members from a helicopter. they returned to the uss ronald
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 8:00pm EST
hours. and the search through the rubble is stretching into a third day. japan's prime minister says more than 3,000 people have been rescued, but it's now feared the death toll from the monster quake and tsunami will climb to 1,800 or higher. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> want to get to the breaking news that we're following. the fear that a meltdown at one of the nuclear reactors in japan may be under way. jeanne meserve is watching this story for us. update our viewers, jeanne, on what we know right now. >> well, a nuclear expert earlier today called it a hail mary pass. the japanese were pumping seawater into a reactor to try and keep it cool. in addition, infusing it with boran in an attempt to stop the radiological chemical reaction, the nuclear reaction. all of this, a desperate effort to prevent a meltdown. the japanese ambassador to the u.s. said on our air a short time ago that there was no meltdown in progress. but an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency
CNN
Mar 12, 2011 2:00pm EST
but be concerned about what's really going on. >> yeah, absolutely. emily peck on the line in japan in the town of koriyamma. she grabbed her passport and started running. at least she's now safe. >>> two extraordinary scenes. those cracks in the grounds we saw in some of the images and the ground apparently will not stop shaking in much of japan. strong aftershocks making rescue that much harder. >>> concerns about nuclear reactors in the quake zone. people nearby are being told to get even further away from them. >>> and the world responds. aid, supplies, food and equipment all beginning to arrive. i'm fredericka whitfield. >> i'm john borse from cnn international and you're watching breaking news. the disaster in japan. let's get you updated. >> it is right now the middle of the night in japan where half the people in one northern town are still unaccounted for. that's about 9500 people. the town is right on the coast very close to the earthquake's center and where the tsunami crashed ashore yesterday. a major concern right now, 10 nuclear reactors near the quake site are shut down. a huge e
CNN
Mar 13, 2011 12:00pm EDT
will have an update on japan, the japanese ambassador to the united states will be among her guests. >>> the known death toll in japan's earthquake tsunami disaster is now over 1,200. the government official believes more than 10,000 people may have died in one region alone. and this morning, the possibility of meltdowns in two nuclear reactors. the japanese government believes there could be a second hydrogen explosion similar to one yesterday building another housing reactor. 200,000 people have been evacuated. at least nine tested positive and health authorities are already distributing iodine tablets as an antidote to radiation. public broadcasting in japan told evacuees to close doors and windows, put a wet towel over their nose and mouth and cover up. this morning the prime minister announced rolling power outages throughout the country and called this japan's most difficult moment since world war ii. today catastrophe in japan. the latest from ambassador ichiro fujsaki. an expert's take on the nuclear hazard with physicist james acton and lessons for america with former fema
CNN
Mar 14, 2011 3:00am EDT
urbiam >>> it's 4:00 p.m. in japan on a day where many japanese try to get back to work following friday's historic earthquake and tsunami. but at this point, there is no escape from the heartbreak and the troubles afflicting a nation so overwhelmed by catastrophe. hello, i'm andrew stevens from cnn's studios in hong kong welcoming this hour, our viewers in the u.s. as around the world. well, there are also reports of more trouble at the nuclear plant in fukushima. japanese media are reporting the cooling system has stopped at one of the reactors there. let's get straight to stan grant. he is following that story from our tokyo bureau, and he joins us live now. stan? >> reporter: yeah, this continues to grow, doesn't it, andrew? this entire nuclear emergency. it seems to be one development after another. and none of them particularly good. we're hearing now about the number 2 reactor at the daiichi nuclear plant. this makes three of the reactors there, 1, 2, and 3 that are experiencing these cooling problems. now this information is being reported in japanese media and they're clo
CNN
Mar 11, 2011 3:00am EST
suffered more damage. it is not obvious from here. the real dramas are clearly northeast japan along the northeast coast. we're seeing that picture, large scale fires, you see the waters flooding in. that's where the damage is concentrated. >> we have listened to the japanese prime minister appealing to the people to remain calm. a difficult thing to do, certainly, under these circumstances as you fear along the coastline. the northeast there. the approach of yet another tsunami. what about people trying to get a hold of loved ones. family members. i'm seeing a lot of that on my twitter account. people trying to make contact with their friends and family. >> yes. i think the problem is that the phones are very jammed. everyone is on the phone, on their mobile. even the land lines are a bit difficult. i was able to get through to my family in the first half-hour after that happened. they were fine. the system i think is overloaded. i suspect that rather than damage to the telephone's infrastructure. so there will be a lot of anxiety. particularly for people who have family in the nort
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Mar 11, 2011 4:00am EST
advice that people can give. we heard that from authorities there in japan saying to people, make your way to higher ground if at all possible. if you're inside a building, try to get out of that building and evacuate because these aftershocks and the tsunamis, they are the deadly mechanism that comes after this initial 8.9 magnitude quake. so we're continuing to watch this. i'm going to hand it over now to anna coren in hong kong. anna. >> thank you very much. let's continue our rolling coverage of this massive earthquake that has hit japan. let's turn to nhk and listen in. >> it has been revised to 8.8. the quake caused tremors with a 7, the maximum scale of 0 to 7. strong tremors were found in many parts of the country including tokyo. tsunamis continue to wash ashore. a devastating tsunami reached over 7 meters. major tsunami alerts of waves remain in place for many other parts of the country. >> extensive damage has been reported. miyagi has been hit. many people are missward a tsunami up to 7 meters tall swept through low coastal-lying areas. the airport is also submerged. people
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Mar 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
crowley in washington. stay tuned to cnn for much more coverage of the disaster in japan. up next, "fareed zakaria gps." >> this is "gps," the global public square. welcome to all of you in the united states and around the world? i'm fareed zakaria. i'll give you my take on the tragic devastation in japan. but first, here is the latest. the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. japan's prime minister says his country is grappling with its worst crisis since world war ii. it's a race against time for rescue workers. the official death toll now stands at more than 1,200. but it will rise. one regional official says the deaths in his area alone were undoubtedly in the tens of thousands. 200,000 people living near a nuclear power plant in fukushima have been evacuated. there was explosion in a reactor yet and there are fears that there he will will be another explosion at a different reactor at the same plant. the world is trying to help out. the u.s.s. ronald reagan arrived off the coast on sunday and made dozens of trips delivering aid. meanwhile, more video is emerging of the sheer scale
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Mar 15, 2011 1:00pm EDT
the biggest earthquake and tsunami in japan. aftershocks are a given, but the latest jolt with the preliminary magnitude of 6.4 was apparently not an aftershock at all but a new earthquake in its own right. the quake on friday and most of the tremors since have been northeast of the capital. that's where the loss, the devastation, they're simply too much to bear. the official death toll stands at 3,373 with more than twice that number officially listed as missing. the real numbers are unknown, certainly much higher. here's a more solid number for you. 91, that's the latest count of countries big and small offering some kind of help, according to japan's foreign ministry. through it all the most immediate crisis is the fukushima daichi nuclear plant. all three reactors that were online at the time of the quake have endured explosions in the building that housed them. earlier today a fire broke out in a building that houses a fourth reactor and the radiation went into the atmosphere. the fire is out now. the government says radiation levels at the plant are no longer harmful to human health. tha
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Mar 16, 2011 1:00pm EDT
where you left off. more than ever, when we talk about the nightmare in japan, we're really talking about two nightmares. the nuclear one and everything else. again today, fire broke out at that devastated fukushima daiichi plant. and another blast of radiation escaped, for reasons still not entirely clear. the few remaining workers had to leave but they came right back in even greater numbers when the danger eased. this crisis stems from overheated fuel rods but elsewhere in japan, a cold snap, including snow, adding to the misery. searching, supporting, surviving, all of it is made more grueling because of the weather. officially the death toll topped 4,000, with more than 8,000 considered missing. this woman is scouring the rubble for her uncle. she thought she may have found his shoe. the nation heard from the emperor, reserveder pot direst of national emergencies. the emperor act key per act hes heart is broken. the volunteer utility workers who have been exposed to life-threatening radiation levels ots fukushima daiichi. their company hasn't released personal information abou
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Mar 12, 2011 1:00pm EST
's breaking coverage of the unprecedented quake disaster in japan. >> frantic search and rescue operations are currently under way. 36 hours after that massive earthquake and tsunami tore through the country. right now it is 3:00 a.m. there and there's growing concern about fuel and food shortages. humanitarian aid is on the way from the u.s. and other countries. with so many roads damaged, the challenge will be getting all of that aid to the people who need it. more than 200 aftershocks have jolted japan since the quake hit, and some of them quite powerful. several happened near a nuclear plant where one reactor has been overheating since friday's earthquake. >> officials say an explosion there involved an outer building, not any of the reactors. people living within 12 miles of the plant have been told to evacuate. before nightfall, more than 3,000 people were rescued across the country. the death toll has topped 900. and officials now fear it could grow higher. we're getting new video in from japan and it really is something to watch. take a look. >> ireporter aaron sent this to us. he
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Mar 12, 2011 3:00pm EST
>>> the sun will be rising soon over japan. day two since the country's biggest ever earthquake flattened cities and cents a tsunami smashing into the coast. of course it's too soon to hammer down a death toll, but japanese television reports that more than 900 people are dead. that figure doesn't include casualties in hard-hit areas not yet reached by rescue crews. in one coastal town about half the population is still unaccounted for and that's about 9500 men, women and children. >>> meantime, a few people have actually tested positive for radiation exposure according to a report on japanese public television. they were near a nuclear facility when something exploded shortly after the earthquake. government officials say the reactor itself was not damaged. >> and in some japanese towns today, no two ways to say it. the destruction is complete. nearly no structure is standing. nearly no car is right side up. people we have talked to say they felt strong aftershocks throughout the night. so one of those correspondents just arriving in tokyo within the past 24 or so is martin sav
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Mar 13, 2011 8:00am EDT
>>> utter devastation. there really is no other way to describe what's left of northern japan. the prime minister calls it the worst crisis since world war ii. half the people in one town are missing. now japan's bracing for what could be the next disaster. meltdown fears as two squak-damaged reactors. >>> there is some hope amid this catastrophe. separated families are being reunited. rescue teams from around the world are arriving in full force. >>> from cnn's world headquarters in atlanta, it's march 13th. i'm randi kai. . >> i'm andrew stevens in hong kong. we would like to welcome our viewers from around the world. >> as japan tries to recover from that powerful quake and tsunami, there are growing fears today. the country could be hit with a nuclear disaster. first, a quick update on the human scope of this disaster. the official death toll, now 977, 739 missing, but those figures, of course, expected to rise. one regional police official says the deaths in his area alone, quoet, will undoubtedly be in the thousands. thousands are missing. more than 200,000 people who li
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00am EDT
with the latest nuclear developments out of japan's tsunami disaster zone. officials have been concerned over radiation levels at the damaged plant in fukushima. they hit dangerous highs on monday and have now dropped back to where the government says they're no longer threat to human health. there have been explosions, though at the reactors number one, two, and three. authorities say water levels are now stable at reactors one and three. the fire is now out at number four. however, reactor number two the still may be in trouble with a new explosion there this tuesday. and questions about whether the containment vessel is breached. there's a no-fly zone in 30 kilometers within the plant. the plant's owners have ordered all but 50 of their workers to leave. and officials say at least 500 people remain within the evacuation zone. here is japan's chief cabinet secretary on what precautions residents should be taking. >> translator: please keep the windows shut. do not use ventilation. and if you are to hang your laundry, please keep them indoors. and the further away you move from the power pla
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Mar 13, 2011 3:00pm EDT
but they say there's no sign of dangerous radiation levels in the area. >>> and japan has started rolling blackos and turned off the lights at major landmarks to conserve electricity. the nation is struggling to repair power plants that friday's earthquake and tsunami damaged. 1.3 million japanese are still without power today. >>> a u.s. navy carrier group is running emergency supplies into japanese coastal towns. the "uss ronald reagan" was already in the area when the earthquake struck. japan's prime minister said today, this is japan's worst crisis since world war ii. and he made a call for a national unity. >> translator: please, i ask each one of you, please have such determination. and to deepen your bond with your family members, neighbors, and people in your community to overcome this crisis. so that japan can be a better place. we can build together. this is the message i'd like to emphasize to the japanese people. >> in other top stories, security forces in yemen fired guns and tear gas at protesters outside sanaa university today. at least 110 people reportedly were hu
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Mar 11, 2011 9:00pm EST
's going to fall! >> tonight, apocalypse japan. one of the biggest earthquakes in modern history. miles of devastation. [ crashing sounds ] >> spectacular eyewitness accounts. >> it just blew up! >> what is the fallout from damaged nuclear reactors? and tsunami, nature's most incredible force. i'll talk with one man who's seen it all close up and litc d -- and lived to tell the story. tonight, are natural disasters on the rise? what if it happens here? is this country prepared for the unthinkable? live from los angeles, this is a special edition of "piers morgan tonight." good evening. i'm live from a city that's suffered numerous earthquakes but never any as big as the one that struck japan yesterday. japan right now, it's mitt morni mid morning. the extent of devastation is becoming clearer. look at the tsunami that struck at 2:46, the strong toast hit japan in recorded history. one of the strongest quakes to ever hit the planet. the death toll is likely to go into the thousands and tens of thousands more people have been forced to flee their homes. damaging aftershocks, up to 6.6 ma
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Mar 12, 2011 7:00pm EST
. >> since filing that report, brian is now on the way to japan with the fairfax search and rescue team. he'll be reporting later from japan for all of us. we want to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. this is a special edition of "the situation room." happening now, conflicting reports about a dangerous emergency at one of japan's earthquake-damaged nuclear power plants. an official with japan's nuclear and industrial safety agency tells cnn a meltdown may, repeat, may be under way. but japan's ambassador to the united states tells me that's not true. he says there is no meltdown. on top of that, we're seeing reports of a second reactor at the same facility, report that is it failed just hours ago. but the story and the scope of the disaster is much bigger. the official death toll from friday's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami is now at 686, but the toll will be much, much higher. in just one town, nearly 10,000 people are now formally officially listed as missing. so far, at least 3,000 people have been rescued. you're watching cnn's continuing coverage
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Mar 16, 2011 12:00am EDT
>>> welcome back, everyone, to our special coverage of the disaster in japan. i'm michael holmes. >> we want to welcome our viewers in north america as well. it is 1:00 p.m. in japan. and there seems to be no letup in the fear that's gripping the disaster stricken nation. tokyo is now requesting help from the u.s. military in this emergency. we want to bring you all we know so far. japanese officials say part of a nuclear reactor containment vessel at the fukushima daiichi power plant may be damaged. they say a breach in the containment vessel in reactor number three may be what's caused a white cloud of smoke or steam to rise above the power plant. they can't confirm either way on that. now, already, there have been several explosions and fires at the plant since friday's massive earthquake and tsunami. workers have been trying to stop a nuclear meltdown by cooling those damaged reactors from which radiation has escaped. however, officials say workers have now suspended their operations, and have been evacuated. authorities also say radiation readings at fukushima daiichi have b
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Mar 11, 2011 7:00pm EST
of one of japan's coastal nuclear power plants. as we look at some of the new images coming into us, japan's national police estimate at least 184 people are dead, 530 are miss, but we are certain as we watch these new images come in that that number will climb as the waters recede. some government officials, in fact, quoted in japanese media outlets predicting the death toll at a minimum will pass the 1,000 mark. there's been a little over 18 hours now. let's take a closer look. it's a magnitude 8.9 quake recorded right here off japan's eastern coast. you see the town of sendai. that was closest. tokyo down here. the hashedest hit, this flashing ring here, but vibrations all the way down throughout japan's coastal areas right here. the images are stunning. first the vibrations and the strong earthquake, the strongest on record in japan. then not long after all that shaking, the breathtaking power of the waters unleashed by a 30 foot tsunami. cars and boats, even homes tossed about like toys. look again at these images here. it is just striking the awesome, sobering power of the wat
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Mar 12, 2011 5:00pm EST
from a horrific earthquake and tsunami. plus this. video coming out of japan is devastating and this is some of the most compelling. a roof collapse is captured in a theater. we're devoting most of this hour to the amazing video and images captured by those who witnessed it up close. i'm talking about cnn ireporters in japan. it is a special ireport newscast here. >>> and there's lots of other big news happening right here in the u.s. look at those pictures, including a tragic bus accident in new york city that killed at least 14 people. a live report just moments away. i'm don lemon, thank you for joining us. let's get you caught up on the news right now. >>> let's start in japan where the eyes of the world or on the devastation there. the clock is particularing to find survivors after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that followed. crews have rescued more than 3,000 people but thousands more are missing, nearly 10,000 in one town alone. japanese media report the death toll is more than 900, but that number is expected to rise. six million households are without
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Mar 14, 2011 3:00pm EDT
the will and the determination to come back after something like this, it is japan. and we'd like to encourage you to help them. they need it. we've made it really easy for you. just go to our web page cnn.com/impact. >>> and now it's time for me to pass it over to brooke baldwin. brooke, you can't help but want to help these people when you look at these images? >> absolutely. cnn.com/impact. thank you, randi. >>> i want to begin this newscast today with an image i cannot shake. an entire village wiped out in 90 seconds. 90 seconds for the ocean to swell and overtake this one town while those who live there, those who had moved quickly enough, watched from higher ground. watch this with me. >> doesn't that just take your breath away? imagine you're one of the fortunate perched atop this hill watching your home, your town, people scrambling in the bottom left watching it all being wiped away. that was friday in miyagi prefecture. the twin forces in that tsunami were just the beginning. look at this. we have the satellite photo from digital globe and it shows the damage to the reactors at the fukushima daiichi
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Mar 11, 2011 8:00pm EST
, almost instantly let's show what popped up on the internet in japan. instantly we tried to get the image up here, we're having a hard time getting it. web sites saying give us information on people who are miss, we will give you information on people we have found. technology helping find the missing in japan. we wish them the best. cnn's continuing coverage continues this disaster right now. thanks for joining us. >>> good evening, i'm eliot spitzer. all day we've been bombarded by the dramatic picture of the earthquake in judiciary committee. i want to start with video that just came in. it is much quieter than what we've seen before, but i found even more frightening. from nhk, the japanese television network. shows an aerial tour of a town in northern japan. watch and listen. >> translator: this is minamisoma city. almost everything has been washed away. there are no houses to be seen. >> translator: aren't there any people around? do you see any people? >> translator: from overhead we're looking very hard, but we have seen no one. we cannot see any people. it is hard to tell where t
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Mar 12, 2011 11:00am EST
mobilizing. >> what we're seeing from japan is incomprehensible. so much damage, so much misery. these aerial pictures are from the japan broadcasting corporation nhk. you can see what the monster waves did to one area. i-reporter harrison payton sent us these pictures. it was so strong he could barely stay on his feet. japan's government says efforts to cull the reactor at the fukushima power plant. the blast injured four workers, crumbled concrete wars and is heightening fears of a nuclear meltdown. stan grant, authorities plan to give out iodine to residents in fukushima. how big a problem is this at this point? >> reporter: yeah, you're right, becky. and that iodine would work to offset the impact of any radiation. i can also bring you some reports that are circulating here in japanese media. i stress that cnn haven't independently confirmed this, but japanese authorities reporting that some workers at the plant have had exposure to radiation. this nuclear emergency became even more critical -- a loud explosion was heard. then we saw these plumes of smoke heading in to the sky. and that r
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Mar 12, 2011 6:00pm EST
meltdown may be under way in japan right now. only hours after an explosion at that plant. a safety official tells cnn that a catastrophic failure of one reactor could be happening even as we speak with the potential for widespread radiation release. >>> also this hour, the wreckage and the search for survivors less than two full days after the monster quake. japanese media now say more than 1800 people may be dead, double the official death toll right now. and we're also told that 9500 people in a single town in japan right now they are listed as misting. >>> and the aftershocks keep coming roughly every three hours. many people in japan are said to be walking around scared, scarred and dazed. some are even wearing helmets. 6 million households don't have any power. and there are growing fears of food and gas shortages. we want to welcome our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we want to immediately get reaction, though, to the breaking news that we're following right now. the japanese ambassador to the united st
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Mar 13, 2011 5:00pm EDT
their lives. anna coren, cnn, japan. >>> next, what you can do to help displaced children in january. nationwide insurance. talk to me. should i bundle all my policies with nationwide insurance ? watch this. on one hand, you have your home insurance with one company. and on another hand, you have your auto with another. and on another hand, you have your life with another. huh... but when you bundle them all together with nationwide insurance... ... they all work together perfectly-- and you could save 25%. wow... it's all in the wrists. ♪ nationwide is on your side >>> dozens of countries are offering to help japan as it recovers from the big earthquake and tsunami. take a look at this map. the countries in gold have either already sent crews or supplies or announced as they will. even the poor afghan city of kandahar announced it is donating $50,000 to what it called its brothers and sisters of japan. >>> the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier uss "ronald reagan" is now in japan, already started delivering aid in the coastal regions as it spores the relief operation. >>> and one of
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